Civil War Charlotte Last Capital of the Confederacy

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Civil War Charlotte Last Capital of the Confederacy

Author: Michael C. Hardy
Publisher: The History Press
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 19.99

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Though always an important North Carolina city, Charlotte truly helped to make history during the Civil War. The city’s factories produced gunpowder, percussion caps and medicine for the Confederate cause. Perhaps most importantly, Charlotte housed the Confederate Naval Ordnance Depot and Naval Works, manufacturing iron for ironclad vessels and artillery projectiles and providing valuable ammunition for the South.

Charlotte also sent over 2,500 men into the Confederate army and served as home to a military hospital, a Ladies Aid Society, a prison and even the mysterious Confederate gold. When Richmond fell, Jefferson Davis set up his headquarters in Charlotte, making it the unofficial capital. Join historian Michael C. Hardy as he recounts the triumphs and struggles of Queen City civilians and soldiers in the Civil War.

Background Information

North Carolina, part of the Deep South, was the scene of important battles in the Revolutionary and Civil wars. American Civil War lasted from the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861 to the surrender of the Confederacy in 1865. Charlotte, North Carolina, is a university town as well as a commercial center with a Civil War history. Jefferson Davis served a distinguished career in the federal government before resigning from the Senate and becoming President of the Confederate States.